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Louise Leakey: Where Did Human Beings Originate?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Louise Leakey's TED Talk</b><p>Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.<p><b>About Louise Leakey</b><p>I think that when you work on …

David Christian: What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About David Christian's TED Talk</b><p>David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.<p><b>About David Christian</b><p>David Christian is a historian of Russia and …

Spencer Wells: Are All Human Beings Related?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Spencer Wells' TED Talk</b><p>Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.<p><b>About Spencer Wells</b><p>Written in our DNA, we have a historical document that takes us back in time …

Juan Enriquez: Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

<i>Part 6 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Juan Enriquez</b><p>Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.<p><b>About Juan Enriquez's TED Talk</b><p>Juan Enriquez was the founding director of the Harvard Business School …

Spencer Wells: Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Spencer Wells's TED Talk</b><p>Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.<p><b>About Spencer Wells</b><p>Humans have remarkably little genetic variation for a species of large apes. We're remarkably inbred …

Found: Earth-like planet in two-sun system. Are there more?

Astronomers have spotted an Earth-like planet orbiting a single star in a two-star system, roughly 3,000 light-years away.<p>The newly found world is the second Earth-like planet to be observed in a compact binary star system, but its discovery suggests there may be just as many planets in two-star …

Obama: Why I couldn't tell Congress

President Barack Obama said Friday that he decided to keep Congress in the dark about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because pulling off the sensitive deal “required no publicity.”<p>“As I said before, the main concern was — is that we had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no …

Freed Taliban Commander Tells Relative He'll Fight Americans Again

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - One of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan, according to a fellow militant and a relative.<p>"After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to …

Diamond planets more common than astronomers thought?

Study suggests that extraterrestrial worlds can be extremely diverse in their chemical compositions, including many that are drastically different …

Traces Of Some Of The 'Oldest Life' On Earth May Not Have Biological Origin After All

What were thought to be some of the oldest traces of life on Earth may not have been caused by life at all, new research suggests.<p>The fossils, tiny tubules etched into ancient rocks in South Africa, were initially thought to be formed by ancient bacteria boring through volcanic glass in the …

Out Today: The First Catalog Of All The Proteins In The Human Body

Say hi to the proteome.<p>Two teams of scientists are publishing today first drafts of the human proteome. The proteome is a catalog of all of the different proteins the human body makes. This is a big accomplishment. How big? Let’s look at some numbers from just one team:<p>The scientists in this team …

The Whole World Is Getting Fatter, New Survey Finds

The whole world is steadily becoming more obese, a new study shows, but not surprisingly, the U.S. is No. 1.<p>The survey of 188 countries shows that nearly 30 percent of the global population, or 2.1 billion people, are either overweight or obese. Not a single country has lowered its obesity rate …

Public Health

Why Apple Wants Beats and Other Fascinating News on the Web

1. Rapper’s Delight<p>Now we know why Dre’s mom always wanted him to be a doctor… Unless you’ve had your headphones cranked up all day, you’ve heard …

Domestic Violence

Nintendo Apologizes for Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships in Tomodachi Life

Stating that it’s “committed to fun and entertainment for everyone,” Nintendo issued a formal apology Friday afternoon for it’s failure to include …

Love

What Science Says About Race and Genetics

A longstanding orthodoxy among social scientists holds that human races are a social construct and have no biological basis. A related assumption is …

Central Europe

Vermont to require labelling of genetically modified foods

Vermont is the first US state to mandate labels on foods produced using genetic engineering.<p>Under a law signed by Vermont governor Peter Shumlin on 8 …

Enclosed tube maglev system tested in China

A Chinese researcher's concept of a super-maglev reaching higher speeds was put to the test recently according to a detailed report appearing earlier …

Solar Panels Could Replace Roads

Back when the concept of global warming was still nascent—only eight years ago, mind you—Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sagle, Idaho, began heavily contemplating an idea that Scott, an electrical engineer, had toyed with as a child: solar panel roads.<p>After years of figuring out many ways <i>not</i> to make a …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

How racism in the doctor’s office hurts patients

Researchers reviewed dozens of studies published between 1995 and 2012 of racism among US healthcare providers and found that minority patients may …

Social Work

Brain Clears Away Old Memories To Form New Ones, New Research Shows (VIDEO)

Do you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming …

U.S. FDA approves 'Star Wars' robotic arm for amputees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the “Star Wars” character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use.<p>The DEKA Arm System is pictured in …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

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